S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute for German Studies (독일어문화권연구소) 독일어문화권연구 (Zeitschrift für Deutschsprachige Kultur & Literaturen) Deutschlandforschung (독일학연구) Volume 09 (2000)
독일어 명사구의 생략현상에 대하여
On the ellipsis of noun phrases in German
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 독일학연구소
- 독일학연구, Vol.9, pp. 161-180
- In this paper, I have handled NP-ellipses which are supposed to result from the principle of economy. After criticizing two previous approaches, i.e. a deletion- and a copying approach, I have presented a new approach, which makes elliptical phrases interpret as perfect propositions. This so-called default-inheritance system, the concept of which is borrowed from the self-repairing and Know-edge Representation, consists of a hierarchically structured re-presentation and a default-inheritance mechanism. According to the system. an elliptical sentence is structured under a normal sentence. and the highest ranked sentence inherits information to the lower ranked defective sentence. So, an elliptical sentence is interpreted as a combination of the inherited and the inherent information. On the ground of the formalized default-inheritance system, I have found the constraint which works on the NP-ellipsis in German. That is, the element to be inherited must correspond to the most prominent referent in discourses. By means of the interaction between thc system and the constraint, I have explained the various
phenomena of German.